Many parents agonize over the most appropriate age to leave their children unattended at home and the law does not provide much guidance. While there is no legal age requirement, the UK Government website does say it is an offence to leave children home alone if it puts them at risk. In England and Wales, any carers can be prosecuted for neglect under the Children and Young Persons Act 1933. The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) offered parents some guidelines on keeping children safe at home. The society said babies and toddlers should never be left alone even if they are napping. It also advises that children under 12 should not be left at home for a long period of time because they are rarely mature enough to handle an emergency. For overnight stays, children should usually be 16 or older. poll loading Would you leave a 12-year-old home alone? 0+ VOTES SO FAR Yes No Depends on the child The organisation said parents should go beyond their … [Read more...] about The debate continues over when you can leave children home alone
Parents and carers are being reminded not to leave young children home alone as the summer holidays get underway. Last August, the NSPCC's helpline made referrals involving 849 children to police and social services due to concerns about them being left unsupervised by their parent or carer. A third of these were aged five and under.Throughout 2017/18, there were 7,277 children referred to authorities due to concerns about them being left to fend for themselves, with the problem being most acute in August during the long school holidays.The NSPCC has warned that although a child may seem responsible enough to be left alone without supervision, parents and carers should think carefully whether they would be able to cope with unexpected situations such as an emergency, a stranger calling at the house, being hungry or if the parent is away for longer than anticipated.The charity is also encouraging parents to read its home alone guide which includes questions they should ask themselves … [Read more...] about NSPCC reminds parents not to leave young children home alone as school holidays get underway
The NSPCC has reminded parents to not leave children home alone over the summer holidays. Picture: Peter Byrne/PA Wire A charity has reminded parents to not leave young children at home alone as the start of the summer holidays nears. The NSPCC said that last August its helpline made 849 referrals involving children around the country to police and social services due to concerns over them being unsupervised by their parent or carer. A third were aged five or under. During 2017/18, there were 7,277 children referred to authorities in total, with the problem most acute in August. Sarah Lambley, NSPCC community fundraising manager for Norfolk, said: “It can be difficult for parents and carers to decide whether their child is ready to be left on their own and we know that the summer holidays can be a tricky time as people face increasing childcare pressures. “However, it is still very concerning that we are consistently seeing a spike in August of referrals to social … [Read more...] about Charity’s reminder to not leave children home alone as summer school holiday nears
An NHS nurse had to send her two youngest children home to Kenya because she could not afford the thousands of pounds she would have to have paid for the government’s “health surcharge” on workers coming from outside the European Economic Area. Evaline Omondi, a nurse from Kenya was asked to come up with an immediate payment of £3,600, to cover three years of fees for two adults and her four children. Ms Omondi, who works in Luton, Bedfordshire, described the introduction of the charge as an “awful moment” that has scattered her family. Read more Government to review EHIC applications after ‘health tourism’ claims Patients must show passport to use NHS in ‘health tourism’ crackdown NHS ‘tourism’ crackdown pursues destitute mothers Health tourism clampdown ‘puts public at risk,’ claims think-tank They were forced to take out loans for the upfront costs, but still did not have enough and she had … [Read more...] about NHS nurse forced to send children home to Kenya because she couldn’t afford Home Office health surcharge
With the summer holidays fast approaching, working parents might be worried about how they will arrange childcare. Mums, dads and guardians who rely on childminders and relatives will on occasion be let down and find themselves without anyone to look after the kids. This leaves them in a quandary. Do they leave a child or children home alone or do they take unscheduled time off work that puts extra pressure on co-workers? Surprisingly, the law does not specify an age at which children can be left alone. However, parents may be prosecuted for cruelty and neglect if children are placed at risk, the Nottingham Post reports. The NSPCC has issued some advice on the issue, which should help you to decide if it's appropriate for your children to be home alone. The official guidelines Babies, toddlers and very young children should never be left alone; Children under the age of 12 are rarely mature enough to cope in an emergency and should not be left at home alone for a long period of time; … [Read more...] about What age can you leave your children home alone?